Upcoming Colloquium

Anomalous Magnetic Moment of the Muon
Dr. Zoltan Fodor, Penn State

March 20, 2023
11:00am in HSCI-105

Zoltan Fodor

Twenty years ago, in an experiment at Brookhaven National Laboratory, physicists detected what seemed to be a discrepancy between measurements of the muon's magnetic moment and theoretical calculations of what that measurement should be, raising the tantalizing possibility of physical particles or forces as yet undiscovered. The Fermilab team has just announced that their precise measurement supports this possibility. The reported significance for new physics is 4.2 sigma, just slightly below the discovery level of 5 sigma. However, an extensive new calculation of the muon's magnetic moment using lattice QCD by the BMW-collaboration reduces the gap between theory and experimental measurements. The lattice result
appeared in Nature on the day of the Fermilab announcement. In this talk both the theoretical and experimental aspects are summarized with two possible narratives: a) almost discovery or b) Standard Model re-inforced. Some details of the lattice calculation are also shown.

muon magnetic moment measurement comparison
Fig. Muon magnetic moment measurement comparison.
magnetic moment represented by a spinning top
Fig. Magnetic moment represented by a spinning top.


The Colloquium is a unique opportunity for students to learn about new developments in physics and what physicists do after they graduate. Hosted by the Department of Physics and Astronomy at California State University Long Beach, the weekly meetings invite guests from universities, research laboratories, and industry to present and discuss current topics in physics. All students are encouraged to attend for a well-rounded experience and training in physics.

Colloquium Coordinator

For information and suggestions about the colloquium please contact the colloquium coordinator:

Dr. Zoltan Papp


The first Colloquium for Spring 2023 is on Monday, January 30. Additional details about colloquia will be posted as information becomes available.

Upcoming Colloquia
Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
March 20, 2023 Anomalous Magnetic Moment of the Muon Dr. Zoltan Fodor, Penn State
April 3, 2023 (topic: inverse compton lasers) Ferenc Raksi, UC Irvine
April 10, 2023 (topic: spooky action) Tibor Rakovszky, Stanford University
April 17, 2023 (topic: TAE fusion energy) Abbey Goodman
April 24, 2023 sabbatical leave lecture Jiyeong Gu, CSU Long Beach
May 1, 2023 Student Presentations Students, CSU Long Beach
May 3, 2023 Student Presentations Students, CSU Long Beach

Previous Colloquia

Previous Colloquia
Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
March 13, 2023 Polymers and Parkinson's: Elucidating Protein Function through Soft Matter Paradigms and Techniques Dr. Peter Chung, USC
March 3, 2023 Quantum Computing: From the Basics to Applications Dr. Rubem Mondaini, Beijing Computational Science Research Center
March 1, 2023 Non-equilibrium and Topological Phenomena in the Era of Quantum Systems by Design Ian Mondragon-Shem, Northwestern University
February 27, 2023 Unconventional Superconductivity in Dirac Materials Dr. Tommy Li, Freie Universität Berlin
February 24, 2023 Intersections of Quantum Matter Dr. Sarah E. Grefe, Los Alamos National Laboratory
February 20, 2023 The Confining Phase Transition in Lattice Quantum Electrodynamics Dr. Lee C. Loveridge, Pierce College
February 13, 2023 Low Energy Neutrino-Nucleus Scattering at the Spallation Neutron Source Dr. Samuel Hedges, Lawrence Livermore National Lab
February 6, 2023 Spintronics: Ultrafast Spin Currents at Room Temperature Dr. Thomas Gredig, CSU Long Beach
January 30, 2023 Shedding Starlight on the Galaxy's Past Dr. Joel Zinn, CSU Long Beach

The Colloquium Archive has the Colloquia from previous semesters.


We acknowledge with gratitude donations and support from the following present sponsors:

  • H.E. and H.B. Miller and Family Endowment
  • Benjamin Carter
  • American Physical Society
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